Analysing language in Jekyll and Hyde (Part 2)

Analysing language in Jekyll and Hyde (Part 2)

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will read the next extract from the famous Gothic story 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson and then build on our ability to analyse language. We will think carefully about the connotations of key word choices and techniques. Then, we will end on a quiz exploring what you have learnt.

Content guidance

  • Contains conflict or violence.


Adult supervision suggested.


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5 Questions

What is a character introduction?
Correct answer: when a reader meets a character for the first time
where a character is killed
where a writer uses dialogue with a character
What is a spatial shift?
it is the same as setting
when a character moves
Correct answer: when the action in a story moves setting
What is foreshadowing?
when the reader knows what will happen because they have read the story before
Correct answer: when the writer hints as to what will happen later in the story
when the writer lets the reader know something awful is about to happen
What is repetition of an idea?
Correct answer: when the same concept or motif occurs multiple times
where the same phrase at the beginning of successive clauses is repeated
where words are repeated
Why can setting be so important for a story?
Correct answer: can help establish the mood / atmosphere
makes a story more believable
so a reader knows where the characters are

5 Questions

What is a tyrannical male?
male character who is dominant
powerful character who uses their power benevolently.
Correct answer: very powerful male who often exercises their power in a a cruel and often arbitrary way
What is a convention in literature?
Correct answer: defining characteristics, or must-haves, of a given genre
genre a text belongs to
the way a writer has to write their story
What is a portent?
Correct answer: sign or warning that a a momentous or calamitous event is likely to happen
when a reader knows a character is deeply unhappy
What is an inexplicable event?
an event no-one saw coming
Correct answer: an event that cannot be explained
an event that happened in the past
What is overwrought emotion?
Correct answer: when a character exhibits high drama and lacks emotional restraint
when a character gets very upset
when a character is highly stoic

Lesson appears in

UnitEnglish / Gothic Literature